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Director – Clean Transportation


At SDG&E, we are committed to the community we call home, delivering clean, safe and reliable energy to better the lives of the people we serve in San Diego and southern Orange counties. Our commitment means we are creating a sustainable future by providing almost 45 percent of its electricity from renewable sources; modernizing natural gas pipelines; accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles; supporting numerous non-profit partners; and, investing in innovative technologies to ensure safe and reliable operation of the region’s infrastructure for generations to come.

Our highly trained and responsive employees with their diverse skills, talents and ideas are the reason we can deliver on our commitment and are building America’s best energy company. They are also the reason why we have been recognized with the industry’s most coveted awards. Our employees undertake challenging work, and receive highly competitive compensation and benefits. As one of the region’s largest employers, we’re always searching for talented and bright people to join our team. After all, it takes the best to build the best.

The Director — Clean Transportation will develop, advocate and lead innovative programs to advance the adoption of clean transportation as it supports the utility’s growth strategy, business plans and customer objectives. This position manages and provides guidance to management level staff who support regulatory filings, agency advocacy, financial analysis, customer engagement and analytics, and business development.  The Director — Clean Transportation is responsible for establishing and communicating the team’s strategic vision to both internal and external stakeholders.

  • Develops broad strategies to ensure success of Clean Transportation projects and goals.
  • Directs the vision and strategic development, implementation, and management of SDG&E’s Clean Transportation initiatives.
  • Maintains relationships with key industry stakeholders regarding electric, hybrid electric, and new fuel vehicle technologies, assisting in creating opportunities for new technologies, investment growth and expanded markets.
  • Provides expertise in clean transportation regulatory and legislative matters. May be required to testify at regulatory proceedings and participate in workshops, legislative and agency meetings.
  • Develops work scope, budget, schedule, resource requirements and manages key initiatives including developing key performance indices to monitor success.
  • Leads and guides the department including goal setting, management, and problem solving.
  • Makes key decisions relative to the success of the Clean Transportation department, including implementing strategies leading to efficiencies, effectiveness and growth within the utility’s core business.
  • Communicates program goals and achievements with executives and other company leadership.
  • Presents to senior management and other company leadership.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Requires 12+ years of experience in positions of continuously increasing responsibility within the energy/utility industry, including 3 years supervisory experience required.
  • Must have a strong understanding of the clean transportation technology and policy landscape.
  • Must possess strong leadership, program management, teambuilding, change management, negotiating, judgment and motivational skills.
  • Must have persuasive oral communications skills necessary for dealing with a wide range of internal and external audiences.
  • Strong presentation skills for formal and informal presentations to Senior Management.
  • Strong decision-making skills required to facilitate timely and effective management decisions.
  • Ability to develop a highly competent team and achieve maximum results by empowering, motivating and coaching employees.
  • Demonstrated analytical reasoning ability, innovation and openness to new ideas. Able to easily grasp complex issues and ideas.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MBA or advanced degree preferred.

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ARPA-E Program Director


ARPA-E is the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy. 

ARPA-E brings together top minds in energy R&D and commercialization, to change what’s possible. 

ARPA-E team members share a commitment to make an impact—to enhance the United States’ economic competitiveness, energy security, and environmental sustainability. 

ARPA-E supports nascent technologies with the potential to transform America’s energy landscape that are not ready for significant private investment. 

ARPA-E’s mission is to de-risk these potential high-impact technologies at key make-or-break points early in the development cycle. 

Position Description

 Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States 

Summary: ARPA-E hires Program Directors (PD) with visionary ideas to help support the development of innovative energy technologies. 

PD Responsibilities: 

Program Development
Through appropriate technical and market analysis, and engagement with the ARPA‐E team and energy R&D communities, the PD develops a concept for an ARPA‐E program. He or she must then defend that concept in the face of challenging but constructive criticism from other ARPA‐E team members. Once through this crucible, the PD leads the drafting of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) and manages all stages of the procurement process, which includes peer review of concept papers and full applications. This culminates in the PD recommending performer awards to agency leaders. 

Project Management
Once a program’s projects have been awarded, the PD actively manages that program, including full development of technical milestones and an intellectual property/commercialization strategy for each project through its completion. Management requires extensive, “hands-on” work with project performers in the field. The PD is responsible for adjusting, re‐scoping, extending, or canceling projects during the performance period. The PD’s project portfolio includes all projects in his/her program area(s) and may include other ongoing ARPA‐E projects as required. 

Other Duties 
A PD carries ARPA‐E’s endorsement as a thought leader both within DOE and to the external R&D community. A PD develops best practices as part of continually improving how ARPA‐E does business. A PD also evaluates other PD candidates, leads or serves on ad hoc groups as required for specific tasks, and provides peer review to other PDs’ program concepts. 


  • Initial term of hire is three years, with renewal options. 
  • ARPA-E will consider hiring individuals from universities and other nonprofit organizations via the Intergovernment Personnel Act (IPA). 
  • U.S. citizenship is required. 
  • The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. 

Required qualifications 

  • Strong vision for specific program areas that are ripe for ARPA-E investment, i.e., those likely to develop transformational energy technologies 
  • Relevant energy-related experience in academia, industry, and/or technology investment 
  • Ability to span science and engineering disciplines and understand market requirements and realities, preferably with experience in starting a company and/or delivering a product to market 
  • Strong background in communication, program management, and technology transfer 
  • Demonstrated leadership in communicating a vision and bringing different communities together to catalyze something new; clear and authoritative decision-making 
  • Deeply knowledgeable in at least one scientific/engineering area with demonstrated creativity/originality in using new approaches and connecting seemingly disparate ideas 
  • Passionate about solving energy challenges, even if lacking previous direct experience in energy science and technology 
  • Comfort with a high level of risk and uncertainty; ability to be flexible with regard to technical area, market assessment, and workload (substantial travel may be required) 

Especially relevant backgrounds include, but are not limited to 

  • Electrical power systems 
  • Electrochemical energy storage and conversion 
  • Photovoltaic energy conversion 
  • Advanced engines/vehicle technologies 
  • Chemical catalysis/reaction engineering for biofuels, industrial processes, and other energy applications 
  • Biological approaches to energy conversion/biofuels 
  • Low temperature waste heat recapture/thermodynamic and/or solid state cycles 
  • Fossil energy conversion/carbon capture and conversion 
  •  Wind power/ocean and wave power/aerodynamics and fluid dynamics 
  • Grid scale energy storage 
  • Energy harvesting materials and devices 
  • Building efficiency technologies/HVAC/building envelope/smart buildings 
  • Advanced lighting technologies 
  • Advanced materials for energy applications 


Highly qualified candidates should submit a resume and brief preliminary description of a new ARPA-E program concept that they propose to develop and execute here. ( 

Environmental Scientist/ Project Scientist – Energy Renewal Partners

Description: Energy Renewal Partners, a leading Austin, TX based full service environmental consultancy seeks to hire an Environmental Scientist or Project Scientist to assist with our expanding portfolio of energy sector projects. The position will be based in Austin, TX. 

Responsibilities: The Environmental Scientist/Project Scientist will primarily support permitting, planning, siting, regulatory, and other needs associated with development and implementation of renewable energy projects. Responsibilities may include any of the following: 

  • Coordinating efficient environmental and regulatory review and permitting of projects
  • Assisting in development of environmental review and permitting strategy
  • Preparation of applications to agencies and regulatory entities
  • Regular coordination with regulators to determine project permitting requirements and ensure all permitting requirements are met
  • Preparation of milestone schedules and budgets and coordination with Project Managers to ensure permitting schedule and budget are met
  • Assisting in ensuring permit compliance during construction and operation phase of projects
  • Providing permitting constraints for prospect wind farms
  • Conduct environmental fatal flaws/constraints analyses for proposed wind energy projects 
  • Designing and implementing field surveys/studies for biological, avian, wetland, cultural, and other key environmental requirements for renewable energy projects 


  • Bachelor’s Degree in environmental science or related field; Master’s degree in related field preferred
  • 4-6 years of environmental consulting experience, experience with renewable energy permitting a plus
  • Experience with NEPA, ESA, and other relevant state and federal environmental regulations
  • Experience with Phase I ESAs, wetland delineation and permitting, protected species habitat assessments, SPCC Plans, and stormwater inspections
  • Experience conducting environmental fatal flaws/constraints analyses a plus
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Demonstrated project planning and implementation skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Willingness and ability to travel and conduct field investigations under potentially challenging environmental conditions
  • Ability to anticipate and resolve problems
  • Effective communication with coworkers, clients, and regulators. Excellent verbal and written skills are necessary

When you join ERP, you’ll enjoy all the benefits of being part of a close team working in an approachable, collaborative, and supportive environment. You’ll be surrounded by highly motivated, high-achieving professionals who strive to have a transformational impact every day. We’ll take care of you with industry leading medical, dental and vision plans and many more benefits that allow us – and you – to continue to be amazing! 

Contact: Please send resume and cover letter to: